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The laboratory was fined for false tests for COVID-19 in the Amur region
In Blagoveshchensk, the AmurMET laboratory gave false positive tests for coronavirus to residents of the region. Specialists violated the biological safety requirements when working with samples.
As reported on the official website of the Blagoveshchensk City Court in Instagram, the medical organization was fined 200 thousand rubles. According to Rospotrebnadzor, AmurMET received up to 65% of positive test results for coronavirus. This is 3,5 times more than the regional average.
After checking the laboratory, the department's specialists found that the organization did not have disinfectants, UV irradiators, and microbiological safety boxes. In the working areas there were empty boxes and vials of reagents from the "contagious zone". It is these violations of biosafety requirements, according to experts, that led to a large number of false positive tests.
Moreover, this is already the second case of violation of the rules for working with analyzes for coronavirus and massive false-positive results in Blagoveshchensk. Another laboratory - "LabOst" - received in December 2020 a punishment in the form of suspension of activities for 60 days.